Wardian London, E14
So many high rises (especially in the Canary Wharf area) have little or no soul. Wardian is so different, really special and I can’t stress that enough. There are plant and floral elements just everywhere. Not just in the lobby and corridors but the balcony was also like a garden! Totally unique I’ve never seen a residential property like it. The apartments are also of a higher grade than usual also. I’m converted to Canary Wharf – finally after many years of living futther out!
Canary Wharf certainly isn’t short of luxury developments, being at the top of the hit list for many buyers looking for an apartment close to London’s financial hub. But with an increasing number of buildings blurring into one, the challenge is to stand out. And Wardian London, named after famed explorer and botanist, Nathanial Bagshaw Ward, does just that. Developed by EcoWorld Ballymore and designed by Glenn Howells, these innovative, almost Manhattan-esque towers are strikingly modern with bold, formal lines, softened by an abundance of foliage that gives the building an almost tropical atmosphere. Prices start at an attainable £635,000, and rise to around £1.5million. This translates into around £1,400 per square foot, more than double the average for E14.
Once Crossrail opens its doors, travel from Canary Wharf will be even more convenient. Journey times to Liverpool Street will be shortened from 21 minutes to six, and travelling to Paddington will be cut down from 33 minutes to just 17. In the meantime, the DLR stations South Quay and Heron Quays are a short walk away, as is the Canary Wharf tube station with its links to the Jubilee line and DLR. The area of Canary Wharf is thriving with every new development that joins the fleet. It’s the European headquarters of many major banks, technology and media organisations, and a further 200,000 employees are set to descend on the area over the next decade. Shops, bars and restaurants range from chain and high street to luxury and high end, with everything in between, at Cabot Place, Canada Place and Jubilee Place malls.
Residents are treated to a range of first-class facilities on site. They will become members of the Wardian Club, which includes a line-up of amenities such as a 25-metre open-air pool with three lanes of swimming. It’s surrounded by leafy canopies, beams and columns, and is unlike any of the other swimming pool offerings in surrounding developments – a real sanctuary set amongst busy city life. The Sky Lounge and Bar is perfect for entertaining if you don’t want to leave the building to socialise, and is decked out in woods and warm metals, with a vintage vibe. It’s surrounded by indoor gardens for a further nod to the building’s namesake. There’s also a residents’ cinema, where you can view movies, live sporting events, and even plug in your video game console for a widescreen gaming experience. An onsite state-of-the-art gym and yoga studio means you can cancel your gym membership elsewhere, while a business lounge is set up with high-speed Wi-Fi for face-to-face or remote meetings. A 24-hour concierge is also available, and limited basement parking for car owners.
Interiors are top of the line, contemporary and full of current trends while remaining timeless. Kitchens flaunt bespoke black, framed and reeded glass wall cabinets with modular base units finished in painted lacquer, integrated appliances and white marble worktops for the height of luxury. In the bathrooms you’ll find white baths with stainless steel mixer taps and a showerhead with detachable handset and a framed reeded glass shower screen for a modern industrial touch. The floors reflect this aesthetic with marble black and white bespoke chevron tiling. There are warm white washable emulsion walls and smoked oak timber flooring throughout the living areas, whilst in the bedroom there are fitted broadloom carpets for extra comfort, and plenty of storage space. Additional storage space can be rented in the building for items you’d struggle to house elsewhere, such as golf clubs and skis. Cycle storage is also provided. There are balcony gardens with all apartments for the all-important outdoor footprint, with stylish clear glazed balastrades.
Also worth considering in the area are the first-rate Landmark Pinnacle, Spire London and London City Island.